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South Dakota Authors

Authors who have lived in South Dakota at some point in their lives.

J. Hyatt Downing, author of "A Prayer for Tomorrow". Raised in Blunt, attended USD, and later worked in Aberdeen.

J. Hyatt Downing | LibraryThing

Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), author of "Indian Boyhood". Educated in Flandreau, he later earned a medical degree from Boston Medical School. Was appointed by BIA as a physician to Pine Ridge Reservation and later at Crow Creek Reservation. Later became Indian advisor to the Boy Scouts of America.

Eastman, Charles Alexander (Ohiyesa), (1858–1939) | MNopedia

George Catlin painted over 500 Native American scenes, recording Native American heritage by traveling and visiting various tribes, including many in the Great Plains. Also authored "Life Amongst the Indians" (1867)

George Catlin (1796 - 1872) - Find A Grave Memorial

Linda Hasselstrom, author of "Dakota Bones"

Home - Windbreak House

Sally Roesch Wagner, author of "Daughters of Dakota" series

Sally Roesch Wagner

Kathleen Taylor, author of the Tory Bauer Mysteries and "The Nut Hut". Also writes knitting and felting books. Blogs at kathleen-dakotadr...

Kathleen Taylor

Peggy Sanders, farm-ranch wife and writer from Oral, SD. Known for "Life on the Farm and Ranch: South Dakota Stories"

Peggy Sanders Biography and Awards

South Dakota's historian and humorist, the late Bob Karolevitz.

Karolevitz: Rose to the Challenge

Sioux author and National Humanities Medal winner Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve's books highlight the best aspects of Native American culture. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Strong Values, Strong Hearts

Russell Means, controversial Lakota activist, actor and author.

A New Warrior Walks the Milky Way

The late Dr. Watson Parker (pictured here) brought Black Hills history to life with his boyhood friend Hugh Lambert in their book Black Hills Ghost Towns.

Ghost Town Friends

Zitkala-Ša or 'Red bird' (1876–1938), was also known by the missionary-given name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin. The child of a full-blood Yankton Sioux, she was born in 1876 on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and raised in a tipi on the Missouri River until age 12. She went to a Quaker missionary school for Indians, eventually becoming a teacher, musician, author and activist.

Lilah Morton Pengra, author of "Sarah Campbell: The First White Woman in the Black Hills was African American"

Pengra, Lilah Morton | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Watson Parker, author of "Gold in the Black Hills" and "Black Hills Ghost Towns"

Watson Parker's Obituary on Oshkosh Northwestern

Kent Meyers, author of "Twisted Tree" and "The Work of Wolves"

Vine Deloria Jr., Champion of Indian Rights, Dies at 72 - New York Times Published 2005

Larry Brendtro, licensed psychologist, former Professor at Augustana College. Author of eleven books including "Reclaiming Youth at Risk". Currently resides in the Black Hills.

L. Frank Baum, author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", lived in Aberdeen from 1888 to 1891.

L. Frank Baum - International Wizard of Oz Club

James G. Abourezk, Senator and author of "Advise and Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate"

Candy Hamilton, poet and short story author.

Travis Gulbrandson, author of The Believers